FCC Applications

FCC Report 11/19: Roy Henderson Goes 0 For 2

FCC Actions The FCC has rejected Roy Henderson's Petition For Reconsideration for the deletion of 99.7 KROY Palacios TX. Henderson had previously admitted to operating KROY from March 1 through 9, 2013 and December 23, 2013 through January 2, 2014 at sites without a license or STA while mostly being silent from the dismantling of its tower in November of 2007 and March 15, 2014 when it began Program Test Authority from its replacement site. Henderson argued that the agency overlooked the station's service to Palacios TX since 2000, his application in 2016 to sell KROY to New Wavo Communications for $550,000 and his efforts to restore broadcast operation, while claiming that the FCC ignored statements from local listeners that KROY did broadcast during the relevant time period although it ...Read More

FCC Report 11/5: Denver Translator Move Goes Down In Pillar of Fire

Deletions Pillar of Fire's 910 KPOF Denver purchased Silent 98.9 K255BL Craig CO in May 2016 with the intent to relocate it to Denver with 2w/124m. However in the process of the move, Pillar of Fire failed to deal with the issue that it needed to bring the translator back on the air by November 30, 2016 to keep the translator's license alive.Pillar of Fire eventually filed a Petition of Waiver in March requesting the FCC overlook the passing of the one year silent period by claiming they "misunderstood the statutory limitation on the length of time a station may remain silent, and intended to use the translator to improve its service through the FCC’s AM Revitalization initiative". The FCC rejected this claim as its grant of the license transfer included the license's expiration date ...Read More

FCC Report 10/29: Call Sign Clash In Texas

Texas Public Radio has lost its current battle to force Sun Radio Foundation to change the call letters of 88.1 KCTI-FM Gonzales TX.Shortly before Sun Radio Foundation closed on the purchase of the station from Marantha Church of Laredo, the station changed its call letters from KITG to KCTI-FM. At the same time, Texas Public Radio was in the process of acquiring 1450 KCTI Gonzales from Gonzales Communications. 1450's General Manager at the time Steven Oakes granted Marantha the right to use those call letters despite Texas Public Radio's claims that Oakes did not have the right to do so at the time. However, because TPR's opposition was attached to a Sun Radio application for a Main Studio Waiver, the FCC has dismissed it as an untimely petition for reconsideration and denies the argu...Read More

FCC Report 10/22: KXFM To Stay In Santa Maria After All

Dismissals Point Broadcasting Rhythmic Oldies "Old School 99.1" KXFM Santa Maria CA has requested and had its CP to change city-of-license to Port Hueneme and serve the Oxnard/Ventura and Santa Barbara markets with 3.8kW/493m revoked. Point stated that it "reached the conclusion that the station as permitted in its CP is unlikely to achieve full radio market coverage unobstructed from the proposed transmitter site (or other existing Class B sites complying with the FM separations rules) and hence might not be sustainable as a local provider."

FCC Report 10/15: WBBM On The Move

AM Changes CBS Radio News 780 WBBM Chicago has applied to vacate its tower site of the last 75 years and co-locate at the site of sister Sports "670 The Score" WSCR and SBS' "La Ley 107.9" WLEY-FM Aurora.From its new location WBBM will drop from 50kW day/night to 35kW day/42kW night but with the taller tower should come close to duplicating its current coverage. With WBBM's simulcast partner 105.9 WCFS Elmwood Park being the home to most of its in-market listening it is doubtful most WBBM listeners even notice the change.WBBM currently operates from a 55 acre site adjacent to the intersection of Interstate 290 and Illinois 390 in Itasca IL. Likely valued in the tens or hundreds of millions this is not the first time the station has sought a potential move. In 1988, the adjacent Ro...Read More

FCC Report 10/8: A Raleigh Waiver For Cedar Rapids

FCC Decisions The FCC has rejected Kirkwood Community College's Informal Objection for Plus Charities to modify their CP for 88.7 KMMK Coggon IA and has granted the station's application.KMMK was originally granted a CP in March 2015 to operate with 5kw vertical/95m. It applied last December to upgrade from a Class A to C3 with 25kw vertical/94m where it would add coverage of Cedar Rapids utilizing a Raliegh Waiver where KMMK would receive interference from Kirkwood Community College's "Jazz 88.3" KCCK-FM Cedar Rapids and Educational Media Foundation's 89.1 KXGM Hiawatha, but not create any towards those stations.Kirkwood's objection stated that the Raleigh Waivers were limited to existing non-commercial stations only, and not for new construction permits. The FCC ruled that it ha...Read More

FCC Report 10/1: Two Salt Lake AMs Turn In Licenses

Station Deletions United Broadcasting Company has requested the deletion of 630 KTKK Sandy and 1510 KLLB West Jordan UT in the Salt Lake City market. Both stations have been silent since May when KTKK's Talk programming was moved to sister 1640 KBJA Sandy. KTKK had been operating via STA from KLLB's tower, which was demolished in June.

FCC Proposes Maximum Fine Against Miami Pirate Operator

The five FCC Commissioners unanimously approved a maximum $144,344 fine against Fabrice Polynice and Harold and Veronise Sido for operating a pirate on 90.1 in North Miami FL. The agency first warned the trio in 2012 and seized their equipment and issued a Forfeiture Order again Polynice the following year. The station was operated by Polynice from a shed on property owned by the Sidos, who also supplied electricity and internet for the station’s facilities. “Radio Touche Douce” was carrying Haitian programming and has been noticed operating by FCC agents seven times since the first warning. The Federal Communications Commission today proposed the maximum fine allowable by statute—$144,344—against a so-called “pirate radio” operation in North Miami, Florida. The action ma...Read More

FCC Adopts More AM Revitalization Rule Changes

This FCC has issued a Third Report and Order with streamlined requirements on AM technical procedures. The changes adopted were proposals to reduce the number of antenna radials upon which field strength measurements must be taken, reducing the expenses for Method of Moments modeling of directional antenna performance, and maintenance of of proper performance and adjustment of the directional arrays via Method of Moments modeling. These rule changes were originally to be voted on at the FCC’s September Open Meeting on Tuesday, September 26. As all three commissioners agreed to the changes ahead of time they were removed from that docket and approved ahead of time. The full report and order can be read here.

FCC Report 9/24: WHOO On The Move

[membership level="2,3"] AM Changes Genesis Communications' "Sports Talk Florida" 1080 WHOO Kissimmee/Orlando FL is amending its plans to move to the site of Star Over Orlando's 810 WRSO Orlovista and will now diplex with sister Christian 1190 WAMT Pine Castle Sky Lake. As part of the move WHOO will change city-of-license to Winter Park and drop from 19kW day/190W night to 6kW day/55w night. WHOO has been operating from the WAMT site under an STA with 1.5kW day/11w night since the land of its former five tower array was sold in 2015.

FCC Report 9/17: Chattanooga AM Goes Away

Deletions Serendipity Ventures II's News/Talk "NoogaRadio" 1240 WSDT Soddy-Daisy TN has been deleted after the FCC sent a letter clarifying its status and it was returned unsigned.On August 7, 2017, we received a complaint that the Station has not been operating for an extended period, that its facilities appear to be abandoned, and that the phone numbers are disconnected. In addition, an email sent to the email address on record was returned as undeliverable. Based on this information, it appears that the Station may have been silent (or failed to operate with authorized facilities) for over one year.Following the deletion, the station removed all references to the AM from its website and Facebook page and only refer to the 92.7 W224AZ Chattanooga translator leased from Edgewater...Read More

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